NewsSeptember 04, 2010 01:17 PM
Now Playing: Global Starvation Riots
Well, things may be bad, but at least we don't have massive worldwide food shortages and accompanying riots in poor countries ... oh wait, we do have that now? The New York Times reports:
Food prices rose 5 percent globally during August, according to the United Nations, spurred mostly by the higher cost of wheat, and the first signs of unrest erupted as 10 people died in Mozambique during clashes ignited partly by a 30 percent leap in the cost of bread.
The F.A.O. has called a special session of grain experts from around the world on Sept. 24 to address the supply question. Given that the fields stretching out from the Black Sea have been the main source of a huge leap in wheat trade over the past decade, the fluctuating weather patterns and unstable harvests there will have to be addressed, he said.